Boy, 14, has died and his 13-year-old friend is fighting for life after getting into


A 14-year-old boy has died and a 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after getting into difficulty in the River Tyne on Saturday, Northumbria Police said. 

Shortly after 3.30pm on Saturday, police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who were in the river near the bridge at Ovingham.

Emergency services were immediately deployed to the area and one of the boys, aged 13, was rescued from the water.

He was taken to hospital where he currently remains in a critical condition, police said in a statement on Sunday morning.

A massive manhunt was launched and a number of organisations conducted a thorough search of the area in a bid to locate the second boy.

Emergency services including ambulance, police and fire and rescue crews were stationed at the scene on Saturday

Emergency services including ambulance, police and fire and rescue crews were stationed at the scene on Saturday

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: 'Shortly after 3.30pm police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who had come into difficulty in the water near to Ovingham bridge in Northumberland'

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly after 3.30pm police received a report of concern for the welfare of two teenage boys who had come into difficulty in the water near to Ovingham bridge in Northumberland’

A massive hunt was launched near the River Tyne to find two teenage boys who vanished while swimming in Ovingham

A massive hunt was launched near the River Tyne to find two teenage boys who vanished while swimming in Ovingham

‘Sadly, the 14-year-old’s body was later found in the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene,’ police said.

The parents of both boys are being supported by specially-trained officers at this extremely difficult time.

Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘This is an absolutely tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families of both boys at this difficult time as we continue to support them.

‘A number of agencies were involved in the incident and their support was hugely appreciated.

‘It is with great sadness that we could not provide a more positive update.’  

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service took to X yesterday to announce that a road closure was in place, later adding: ‘Teams are currently on scene at an ongoing incident at the river Tyne near Ovingham. 2 Swift Water Rescue units from Pegswood, an appliance from Prudhoe and a number of senior officers are present.

Police were stationed on site after two teenage boys went missing yesterday afternoon

Police were stationed on site after two teenage boys went missing yesterday afternoon

A helicopter was seen on site, helping with the desperate search efforts

A helicopter was seen on site, helping with the desperate search efforts

‘We are working with Police, the Ambulance Service + Mountain Rescue at this time.’

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson added: ‘We were called to reports of concerns of two people in the water in Ovingham at 3.30pm this afternoon.

‘We dispatched our full Hazardous Area Response Team as well as two ambulance crews, a specialist paramedic, a clinical team leader and an officer.

‘We also requested support from Great North Air Ambulance Service’.

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